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Yellow Baptisia or

Yellow Baptisia or

Yellow Baptisia

Noted for its exuberant yellow flowers, Baptisia sphaerocarpa (Yellow Wild Indigo) is an upright perennial with a long season of interest. In spring to early summer, this southern United States native bears long spikes of pea-shaped, brilliant yellow flowers, resembling Lupines. They last for about three weeks and attract butterflies and bees. When the flowers fade away, the lovely blue-green, trifoliate leaves remain neat and form a lovely backdrop for the other perennials in the garden. If left untrimmed, the plant forms interesting inflated seedpods turning tan to brown in the fall. They often remain attached to the naked winter stems and are valued additions to dried flower arrangements. Looking good with almost everything, Yellow Wild Indigo is a striking specimen for the small garden where an easy-to-grow, long-lived plant is desired.

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Species of genus Baptisia are legumes. Most legume species harbor beneficial bacteria called rhizobia on their roots. Genus-specific strains of this bacterium called inoculum can aid in the fixation of atmospheric nitrogen and improve long-term health of native plant communities. Inoculum is naturally-occurring in most soils and additional amendment is usually not needed. However, in low fertility soils it may be necessary.Genus-specific strains are available at prairiemoon.com/inoculum.Species of genus Baptisia are legumes. Most legume species harbor beneficial bacteria called rhizobia on their roots. Genus-specific strains of this bacterium called inoculum can aid in the fixation of atmospheric nitrogen and improve long-term health of native plant communities. Inoculum is naturally-occurring in most soils and additional amendment is usually not needed.

However, in low fertility soils it may be necessary. Genus-specific strains are available at prairiemoon.com/inoculum Yellow Wild Indigo is a shrubby perennial, and generally wider than it is tall. It is often overlooked in favor of larger Baptisias, but makes a wonderful addition to both flower beds and naturalistic plantings. A top-notch supporting player, it features numerous bright yellow pea-like flowers, arising on stems that extend just above a mound of clover-like foliage. The mounded foliage is loosely compact, and the overall texture provides a distinct compliment to a variety of other plants. After blooming the flowers give way to small inflated seed pods which turn black when ripe, offering good late season interest.There are around 20 species of Baptisia, all native to eastern or midwestern North America. Several are native to South Carolina, and all baptisias can be grown throughout the state. Baptisias have a very wide, natural range to which they seem well adapted. As a group, these perennials are deer resistant, heat and humidity tolerant, and drought tolerant once established. They are excellent, attractive, low-maintenance plants. (Source:hgic.clemson.edu)

 

 

 

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